Thursday, October 25, 2012

October Special Goop Birchbox

Birchbox is a monthly subscription service for beauty items like makeup, skincare, fragrance, etc.  Each month you will receive 4-5 generously sized samples and sometimes full size beauty products.  The cost of this service is $10 w/shipping included.  They also have a yearly subscription which is $110 for the year bringing the cost down to $9.16 a month.

Each months Birchbox has a theme.  This month we had the option to pick a regular box or a special box that was put together with goopGoop? Yeah I hadn't heard of it either.  Goop is a digital media and e-commerce company founded by Gwenyth Paltrow.  Check it out it has tons of info on it. 
The good:

The brands.  You will receive items from Benefit, Stila, Pur, Essie, Kerastase, Tarte, etc. 

The price.  For $10 you can give yourself a little beauty treat.    

Like surprises?  You don't know what's in your box until you receive it.  When you sign up you take a little quiz and the items in the box are supposed to be customized to you.  I have seen pictures of other peoples boxes and they do receive different items.   

Discounts: They have a system where you earn points for referrals and things you buy.  The points allow you to receive discounts on future full size purchases from their shop.  They offer free shipping on items from the monthly box and a $5 flat shipping rate for items that don't qualify for free shipping.  This is a nice feature because if you want to order several different brands you get free or $5 shipping for everything. 

Need a gift? You can gift a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription or you can purchase a gift card in any amount.  There also have a nice option with the gift subscriptions where you can choose to have the 1st box shipped you for giving and subsequent boxes will be shipped directly to the recipient.  Great birthday/holiday gift!

The not so good:

Skip a month?  Currently there is no option to skip a month only cancel. 

My Birchbox Treasures!

Contents of box with retail price listed.
1 oz. Illume Red Cedar Scented Soy Candle. Value = $4.00 (2.5 oz. $10.00)

.07 Jouer Lip Enhancer. Value = $2.97 (.33 oz. $14.00)

.1 oz. Kiehl's Rosa Artica Eye. Value = $9.20 (.5 oz. $46.00)

(2) .067 oz. Supergoop City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30+. Value = $1.78/ea. (1.6 oz. $42.00)

Lifestyle Extra

Luna Lemon Zest Bar. Value = $1.25 (15 pk. $18.75)

Total value of this box is $20.98. This box has a good value but I was expecting more from the collaboration with goop.  That's not to say the stuff in the box wasn't enjoyable.  My favorite flavor of Luna bars is lemon.  The lip enhancer felt really nice but I'm not sure it did any "enhancing".  The candle will be nice for the times I can sneak in a bath.  I've used Kiehl's products in the past and I'm looking forward to trying this one.  

The verdict: overall the boxes are a good value but I'm becoming less excited about he contents.

**I pay for these boxes myself and am not any type of sponsor paid or unpaid for Birchbox

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